The Las Cruces Sun-Newslcsun-news.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is looking for someone who’s comfortable putting in a request for public records in the morning and then knowing what's going to capture readers' attention in the afternoon's city council meeting.
This versatile candidate should be able to live-tweet a county commission meeting, quickly organize complex government topics into a reader-friendly narrative and then take a deeper dive into that topic for a Sunday enterprise story.
Pairing watchdog journalism with our other award-winning coverage extends across multiple platforms — print, online and social media. We value your storytelling ability — whether it's in a tweet or a 1,500-word Sunday centerpiece.
This digital journalist should expect to use all of the visual and interactive storytelling tools available at the Sun-News. Applicants must have at least two years of daily newspaper experience. Spanish fluency is a plus.
Las Cruces is nestled in the Mesilla Valley, known for the majestic Organ Mountains, green chile fields along the Rio Grande and the best-tasting Mexican food this side of the border.
We extensively cover New Mexico State University, Spaceport America (one of the world’s first ports for commercial space travel) and a host of immigration topics due to our proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s a dynamic area for telling great stories and we’re going to fill this spot quickly.
Creates storytelling that accurately informs, entertains, and engages specific audiences and platforms using metrics.
Works toward becoming the community’s leading voice in area of expertise.
Connects with the community through storytelling.
Provides thoughtful analysis of complex issues.
Works with content coach and digital partners to evaluate what's working and what's not and develops ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs.
Collaborates with photographers to provide all appropriate elements for stories. Captures basic photos and video as needed.
Promotes personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.
Provides great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.
Bachelor's or master’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
1-3 years’ previous reporting experience preferred
Presents a quick, conversational writing style that resonates with mobile and social audiences.
Proficiency on social media platforms; including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit.
Energetic self-starter and a fast thinker who can spot stories that matter.
Experience shooting and editing photos and video on an iPhone.
Strong communication skills, news judgement and headline-writing ability.
Ability to multitask and excel under intense deadline pressure.
Ability to work collaboratively and efficiently with a team of journalists.
Strong writing, spelling and grammar skills; familiarity with AP style.
Command of media law and principles of ethical conduct.
This position involves an early start to the day and occasional weekend work.
This role requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
Post offer, pre-employment background check, motor vehicle record check and urinalysis drug screen required.
We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don’t limit your upload to a resume; show us what you’ve done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:
Your resume – one to two pages.
A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
Links to 3-6 online samples of your work. Show us what you’ve produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.
It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.